Press Release

Franklin University Introduces FNP Certificate and MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
(614) 947-6581

Columbus, OH (April 16, 2021)

Franklin University, a leading educator of working adults, is pleased to announce its new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate and MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) as its latest School of Nursing offerings. Today’s announcement adds to the University’s existing BSN and MSN practitioner programs and newly introduced online DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).

Students in Franklin’s online nursing programs learn from real-world practitioners who are helping to shape an ever-evolving profession. The online nursing degree programs are designed to expose students to in-field best practices, evidence-based methodologies, and clinically based assignments. 

MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
The MSN-AGPCNP provides RNs with an opportunity to develop their professional skills further and work with a growing population that needs nurse practitioners. The flexible, 28-month program features online coursework and 600 hours of clinical practice experience focused on primary care across the lifespan, plus the opportunity for a specialization rotation. Learn more about the MSN-AGPCNP.

Graduates of the program will be eligible to apply to sit for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). 

For more information, visit the Franklin University Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nursing Practice program page at

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate
Franklin’s new online post-master’s FNP certificate prepares students to provide next-level, holistic, comprehensive nursing care to individuals and families. RNs with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Ph.D.s in Nursing, or those who have earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, our program lets you hone your clinical skills even more. This online post-master’s certificate FNP prepares you to provide next-level, holistic, comprehensive nursing care to individuals and families.

Designed for RNs with an MSN, a DNP, or a Ph.D. in Nursing, the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate prepares students to provide next-level, holistic, comprehensive nursing care to individuals and families. Students will build their theoretical knowledge and foundational technical skills quickly. The final year of study provides the opportunity for hands-on learning in a simulated skills lab and on-site clinical residency experience in an approved healthcare setting. With the working nurse in mind, coursework is offered 100% online through convenient 6-, 12- and 16-week courses. 

With Franklin’s FNP Certificate program, students learn and practice newfound technical skills in a simulated lab environment. Later, students refine their skills with a real-world internship that exposes them to patients at all life stages from birth through end of life. Through the experience, students have the flexibility to complete hours in pediatrics, women’s health, and a specialty rotation once they have completed their primary care hours.

For more information, visit the Franklin University FNP Certificate program page at

Franklin University School of Nursing 
Franklin offers a number of online nursing degree programs designed for RNs who want to accelerate their career choices. Online nursing degree offerings include BSN, MSN, nurse practitioner, and doctorate programs. Learn more at

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides on-site course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, master’s and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. The University also offers several academic programs internationally, including its top-ranked MBA, through agreements with partner institutions.

Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Franklin is only one of three schools in Ohio designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

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